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EU to name Swedish diplomat as new Asia Pacific chief

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European Union set to name Swedish diplomat Niclas Kvarnström as new Asia Pacific chief

Kvarnström confirms he will take over the position before the end of the yearThe former Swedish ambassador to Singapore replaces Gunnar Wiegand in the roleChina-EU relationsFinbarr Berminghamin BrusselsPublished: 5:00pm, 18 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The European Union will appoint Swedish diplomat Niclas Kvarnström as its new Asia Pacific chief, replacing the retired Gunnar Wiegand.

The Swede has confirmed he will take up his role in Brussels by the end of the year, following a short recruitment process that was narrowed to three candidates last month.

Kvarnström is currently the head of the Asia Pacific department of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and news of his appointment has been roundly welcomed by diplomats and officials.

Having joined the Swedish foreign ministry’s China desk in 2001, he went on to spend stints in Beijing and the United Nations, as well as desk jobs covering Central Asia. A Chinese speaker, he was Sweden’s ambassador to Singapore between 2018 and 2021.

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